A newly launched Institute designed to improve dementia care has announced its first research project.
The ‘Culture Box’ study , which is being carried out by University of West London’s (UWL) Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory, will test how music and art can alleviate social isolation and loneliness, while boosting wellbeing in dementia patients during COVID-19 restrictions.
The project, which will include 40 care homes and focus on areas of socio-economic deprivation and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations, will bring together people living with dementia, care home staff and family carers to design multi-sensory Culture Boxes with artists and musicians.
The Culture Boxes will each include a host of materials to encourage the creation of art and music and will feature important information on virus transmission and prevention to protect the elderly and most vulnerable during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
Commenting on the launch of the Institute and its first research project, its Chancellor of UWL, Laurence Geller CBE, (pictured) said: “This is a momentous milestone for everyone involved in launching the Geller Institute for Ageing and Memory. At a time when the vulnerability of our elderly and social care systems has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission has never been more important.
“The Institute will uncover caring best practice for the benefit of people living with dementia, their families and carers, starting with the design and distribution of Culture Boxes. The Institute has the potential to revolutionise and set a new standard for research-driven dementia care in the UK and I am proud to be supporting it.”
Find out more about UWL’s ongoing dementia care research via the Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory here: www.uwl.ac.uk/research/research-centres/geller-institute-ageing-and-memory